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ASPIRE - Fall Early Application and Campus Visit Program

ASPIRE will take place on Sunday OCTOBER 8 - Monday October 9, 2017

ASPIRE is a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) initiative designed to increase the pool of students from populations historically underrepresented in graduate programs at Illinois. This early application, early admission, and early decision program provides talented underrepresented students from across the nation with the opportunity to visit our campus early in the application process, while simultaneously allowing departments at Illinois to showcase the quality and strength of their programs.  ASPIRE also offers an early round of the Graduate College Fellowship competition to participating departments that nominate ASPIRE students who have been admitted to their graduate programs.

The online application can be found at: The deadline for submission of the ASPIRE application is 12:00 am (midnight), Sunday, July 16, 2017.  If you have questions about the ASPIRE program, please contact the Graduate College Education Equity Program Office at or (217) 333-4860.